Fitness Challenge – Take Two!

So when I say “challenge,” I mean this as a challenge to myself. I want to challenge myself to push a little farther, a little harder, and consistently. I want to make myself number one while still making time for everything I have to complete. I want to be healthier. I want to enjoy the holidays and get myself ready for the next chapter of my life – The Family Chapter.

That means I am challenging myself to pick myself up where I fell in Movetober, dust myself off, and get right back at it. That is why this month will be filled with some intense exercising and healthy meals!

My promise to you is that on October 31st, I will post my measurements, weight, and photos to show where I am starting and effective November 1st, I will be pushing myself to do better! Yes, I will be moving at one point during the month, but I will just simply need to factor that in since now I have a plan and am not surprised by changes…

This month, I am also working on my fitness when and where I know I can – at home. While I love going to my smaller gym, getting there after a long day can seem impossible. Plus, getting in a quality full gym workout is not always 100% possible – there are days where time is not on your side. So in lieu of over-promising and under-delivering, I have opted to join the LSF family!

Change is good.

If you don’t know what LSF is, Katie Dunlop is a Certified Personal Trainer in Orange County, California, that I have been following on YouTube for months now. She also has her own website and app that you can follow with easy but effective workouts even when you’re crunched for time.
I found myself really gravitating to her plan because of her story – she was overweight, unhappy with fads, and with a thyroid condition, she opted to take charge of her life and find her happiness. Sounds familiar…

So I paid the 1-month membership, got 7 days free, and downloaded her app. I have previously participated in some of her free workouts and I have to say that they really drum up a sweat!! So I know that I am in for it with her app workouts but I want to continue my journey and improve my health – NO EXCUSES.

If you want to join me on the journey, follow my Instagram at @msbelladaniela. I will post updates and even chat live! I want you all to be a part of this journey and keep me responsible!

So inquiring minds want to know… Have you tried LSF or another workout routine? How do you make time to stay physically active?

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Movetober Challenge – Check-Ins 2 & 3

Yikes. This was NOT the month to start a fitness challenge apparently. Just when I thought it was going to be a smooth month that would allow me the time I needed to focus on school and fitness, one major life-changing moment after another was announced! If you haven’t read my post from last week on my moving announcement, both my husband and I were graciously given opportunities to advance our careers in SoCal. However, that meant we needed to find a place, pack, and move in under a month!

So that being said, my Movetober Challenge was more like a “squeeze exercise in however and whenever possible” challenge. I have been meeting and exceeding my move goal every day (thank you iWatch for keeping me on target) and even made time to actually work out when I could – even if that meant 9 pm at night!

So what is in store for week 04? More of the same! This is crunch time for packing and if you didn’t already know…that IS a work out in and of itself.

But have I seen any improvements to date? YES! So setting my mind to actually work out every day gave me the motivation to meet those daily goals, and even INCREASE them. I took advantage of any opportunity to sneak in a few minutes of exercise whether that was a brisk 15-minute walk during my morning break or doing 7-minute work out challenges at lunch (yep, there is an app for that) or I’ll even sneak in wall-sits for a minute or two when I’m on a conference call!

Yeah, okay so I know you’re saying these are a lot of excuses and what are my results? While the scale hasn’t gone down, it hasn’t gone up either. I have also noticed a lot of non-scale wins like my pants fitting differently or that I was able to finish some workouts (Peloton for the win) without being completely worn out.

I want to still keep pushing myself and working on my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I want to make sure that during this chaotic time, I don’t forget about what is important. I want to make sure I continue to make wise choices and remain positive.

So inquiring minds want to know… What has been your most chaotic time in 2019? How did you overcome those challenges?

My 6 Tips to be Functionally Productive

Ever have those days where you realize that there are literally 30 things that need to be done and only roughly 10 viable hours to do them all? Ever see yourself sacrificing sleep or other vital healthy functions in order to get just one more task completed? Ever feel like you spent the whole day checking off “to-do” items and then feel like you did nothing at the end of the day?

That’s me…often. And whether you want to admit it or not, I know I’m not alone on this!

So how do I circumvent these feelings and regain a sense of accomplishment? There are a few things I do, and am working on new techniques to continue improving my balancing act, that I want to share because they have helped me immensely.

  1. Plan my day. Now, I know the big trend right now involves planners (and planner pens and stickers and glitter and unicorns…) but realistically in the days of technology, is it advantageous to keep a physical planner? In my opinion, no. So how do I plan my day? I use what I almost ALWAYS have with me – my cell phone; which in my case is an iPhone so it is synced to my laptop which makes recording the day a little easier.
    Anyway, I plan the next day in the evening. I type out my agenda on my calendar (work, appointments, grocery runs, etc.), enter my reminders with specific day(s)/time(s) notifications (pick up dry cleaning at 6 pm on Wednesday, for example), and I account for those little things like a 30-minute block for a workout or 1 hour to study (the life of a grad student). This allows me to visualize my day and make sure that I am utilizing my time effectively.
  2. Take breaks and utilize them. So often during a workday, we get so consumed by the task at hand that we forget to even use the bathroom until the situation is dire! So on my work calendar, I have pre-scheduled my breaks and blocked off my time. Those 15 minutes or 1-hour lunches are mine and I use them as I need to. There are days were I honestly take a naps or I make appointment calls or I take walks. Yes, I am very busy at work, but if I am not taking care of my physical/mental health during those times, I am a waste.
  3. Decide my ensemble the night before. As a female in a leadership role, I have to play a certain part in my job. With that comes a certain type of clothing as well. And while I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup, I do have to dress the part. So I strive to pick out my clothing the night before so there is no rush to analyze every wardrobe piece at 6 AM, in the dark.
  4. Meal plan. You knew this was coming, right? So many of you that have been following me for a while know I don’t eat lunch at work (or very rarely do). So what I mean by meal planning is I plan and usually prepare for my protein shake the night before so I can blend it all fresh in the morning. I also put aside snacks/fruits for the next day so it’s more of a grab-and-go kind of situation.
  5. Preschedule tasks. So you all know I am a coffee fiend, right?
    Well, what I make sure to do every night is to prepare the coffee grinds, set the timer, and fill the reservoir the night before so at 7 AM sharp, my coffee is brewed fresh and ready to drink!
    I also preschedule some of our other electronics, like the vacuum or the lights or the thermostat so they all go on/off as scheduled and are not things I have to fret over at the end of the day or in the morning – they are all things I really rarely think about nowadays.
  6. DVR. Sounds silly but there are some shows that my husband and I love to watch since we still have cable, but trying to get those when they are on air is difficult, so we DVR a lot of our shows so we can binge watch on the weekends. Plus we get to skip the 30 minutes of commercials.

Of course, there are a few other tips that I am working my way on implementing in the coming weeks:

  1. Getting up at 5 AM. This is definitely a work in progress, as I am NOT a morning person, but I also want that dedicated time to myself. What a conundrum! AND this means I need to be in bed by 10…10…okay, if I really want to feel good, 9:30 but realistically 11.
  2. Updating my productivity app. Yes, there is an app for that. I want to make sure that I can also reflect at the end of the day of all the things that I accomplished, still need to finish, and what may eventually come as well. I am looking at integrating Evernote into my daily operations so even at work, I can make notes to review later.
  3. Capsule my wardrobe. There is a lot of science behind creating a capsule wardrobe which makes selecting pieces to wear even simpler and requires more creativity! I want to condense my wardrobe and will definitely post more about this to come.

Inquiring minds want to know… What do you do to help you stay productive? Have you tried any of these tips before?

It’s Not Good-bye…

There are a few things in life that you can always count on – taxes, weather, and change. Sometimes it is for the better, sometimes it is detrimental, sometimes it is bittersweet… I am not that good with change, I’ll admit. I like the routine. I like consistency. I like patterns and knowing what is coming down the pipeline – don’t I just define a Type A?

And yet, I once again am embracing change and starting a new chapter. So what’s the change I’m referring to? Is the anticipation building up yet?

Without further ado…
I’m moving!

A little over two years ago, I relocated from Florida to California. I made that move with my husband and two dogs in just about 4 days just after we hit our 6-month wedding anniversary. Let’s just say there was a lot of silence for the majority of the drive. We uprooted everything we had, packed a U-haul, and drove…and drove…and drove. But once we got here, we knew we were home! California has been so good to us with adventure, travel, food, culture, and so much more. We have met some amazing people and been able to accomplish projects we had only dreamed of. Whatever came down the road, we knew that we were now Californians for life.

But just as life goes, we received opportunities we couldn’t pass up which is taking us from the Central Valley to San Diego! So yeah, we aren’t leaving California but we are about to embark on a whole new adventure with so much to see, do, try, eat, and enjoy.

The challenges?

  • Find a way to say good-bye without saying good-bye to the Central Valley.
  • Find a place and pack in less than 1 month so we can start work right away.
  • Move two adults & two doggies within that month!
  • Get our new home ready for the holidays.
  • Be home.

I am ready and not ready at the same time. I am excited and scared and nervous and anxious. I could not ask for a better place to move to and am really looking forward to the next adventure, but I feel like I am breaking up with someone that I don’t want to break up with – I guess this is where that “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” situation comes into play.

But I know this isn’t good-bye. Especially to all the friends, we have made along the way, but this is a new chapter that I am excited to begin.

In the next few weeks, I will be looping you in on the exciting relocation adventures and take you along on our journey to find a new home!

So inquiring minds want to know… Have you had to move recently? Any tips or suggestions to make the move easier?? What’s written in your next chapter?

Dollar Down Debt

With the holidays coming up, accruing some debt is not a surprise. So what do you do when it starts to spiral out of control? Pay it down, a dollar at a time!

Okay, so I am pretty sure you’re looking at this and saying ‘yeah, no duh genius.’

So let me explain… What I mean by dollar down debt is that you take your monthly expenses, find ways to cut a dollar here or there and use that to add to your monthly payment. An example, you ask? Why of course! So let’s say you are buying lunch today at work and you can pick between the large combo for $10 or the medium for $8. Now you might be super hungry but what does the large give you that the medium doesn’t? Usually, it is just a larger drink or larger side by a handful so are you really getting more for that money? So you opt for the medium and use that $2 to put towards that debt payment on top of the minimum.

Now, instead of just paying $50 for your minimum payment which will accrue an exorbitant amount of interest, you’re paying an additional $2. That doesn’t seem like a lot but if you can stash aside an additional $50 from analyzing your expenses and cutting back on some of those frivolous upgrades then you can double or triple your monthly repayment.

So you are literally knocking down your debt, a dollar at a time!

How do you save these dollars and not apply them to other expenses? Put them aside…literally. You can have a secondary account that you transfer the funds to if you aren’t using cash OR in the event that you are using cash, put them in a “debt jar”! Or you can always set up apps that help manage your funds and track your spending habits to help you squirrel away some money to help that debt dwindle down faster!

So inquiring minds want to know… What are you doing to pay down any debt? Do you have CC that you have a revolving balance on? Do you follow Dave Ramsey’s snowball or avalanche methods?

Movetober Challenge – Check-In 1

A day late, dollar short…isn’t that how the saying goes? What do they say about 3 days late? Oh man. I failed in my first week in more than one way!

If you can forgive the negligence, this is the first check-in for Movetober and I learned a lot during the first week of the month!

So when you’re traveling, exercising and eating well are immediately pushed to the back of your mind. It’s like your body knows that I left my general zip code so everything important is now historically archived until you return. Needless to say that when I was out of town for 2 days, all attempts at exercising was futile. And if I am going to be perfectly honest, day 3 didn’t happen either because I was mentally and physically drained.

Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t move or meet my calorie-burning goal, at least per my iWatch, but I certainly didn’t adhere to my planned regimen. In fact, I forgot to even pack workout attire -not that it would’ve mattered because I had zero unscheduled/leisure time.

So week 1 was a wash and when it came to check-in, I was so busy with all of the tasks that normally would’ve been done during my vacation that I was go-go-go from 8:30 AM till I passed out.

Now that I have admitted defeat and confessed, I am back on the bandwagon. I even increased my goal on my iWatch and am trying to wake up earlier to make sure that exercising isn’t forgotten – even when I come home late and exhausted. I am keeping myself honest and realizing that perhaps my goals were a bit more aggressive than what I can actually accomplish. So am I giving up? Nope. But I am going to make sure that I am staying honest and staying committed!

So inquiring minds want to know… Do you prefer at-home workouts or do you go to a gym? What regimen do you use in the gym or at home?

Shopping – Prime Wardrobe

Third time is a charm, right? Well, not in this case. Regrettably, this will most likely be my last Prime Wardrobe post. Frankly, I cannot believe I am breaking up with a part of Amazon but it’s definitely them and not me.

Truthfully, I have had some success with Prime Wardrobe but the cost of the items and the lack of personalization makes me feel like I might as well just do this on my own –why do I pay a stylist fee if the selections look completely arbitrary? I was really underwhelmed with this last order even though the items looked decent online AND I had my box completely redone because the original selections were all flops.

Amazon did extend me an offer that credits me the stylist fees up to 3 times, which seemed like a great plan and I really appreciated it. But alas, this box was nothing to write home about so it is not easy to get excited for another month.

So without further ado, here is this month’s Prime selections…

Okay, I cheated this time because I was not a fan of the outfits once I received them so I did combine some of them but nevertheless, I’ll break down each item.

Tahari ASL – Women’s Inverted Midi Pleat Skirt (in Black Ivory Dot) – $24.99
This skirt has pockets! It is very elegant and had an underslip so it was very professional. I just did not like the waist or where it fell on me. I have an hourglass-esque figure and I have been noticing that even when I one-up the size, some skirts or pants just sit way too high so it cuts my torso making me look shorter. I received this in a size 8 and a size 10 would be too big so alas it was returned.

Nine West – Women’s Stretch Kiss Front Jacket (in Cyprus) – Price currently unavailable
This was a great little jacket for work that I could through on top of a camisole (like I did in both pictures) or a blouse. It was large enough and had some stretch so it would be comfortable for the workday. There was no way to close the jacket and the pockets are fake. The sleeves have slits so you can fold them up for a bracelet length or let them down for full-length sleeves. For me, the biggest turnoff was the color. I have olive skin overall that with purples or olive colors, I tend to look yellow. Unfortunately, this was too olive so I had to return it.

Nine West – Women’s Stripe Midi Dress with Self Sash (in Fireg Low/Candy Multi) – $63.31
While this looked great online, this does not look great in person. It has a slip underneath that has zero give so if you have curves, it fits like a sausage casing. I felt so constricted and uncomfortable. The bust area also stretched so it looked like it was too small for me but any bigger would be too loose. Also, the length isn’t right for me as it cuts my legs in a weird spot. Overall I wanted to like this dress for a vacation or weekend, but it was not a winner.

Donna Morgan – Women’s Split Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress (in Tea Rose) – $96.05
Okay so the color was great and it is a totally comfortable dress. There are no pockets and it is a back-zip closure. But my goodness – where is the flare? The model makes this look loose yet totally work appropriate. I, on the other hand, could not get this to look good. Maybe if I added Spanx? Meh. Another return.

Nine West – Women’s Bi Stretch Trouser Pant (in Biscotti) $61.8
Can you tell that I have sizing issues with clothing? So these pants that, when you look on Amazon, are supposed to be loser fitting than what I ended up trying on. These pants were way too tight in the thighs to be work appropriate. They had false pockets too which I don’t understand why women can’t have pants with pockets… The color is quite nice and would’ve been great for fall transition. Alas, these were all returned.

Moral of the story? My Amazon Prime Wardrobe account has been paused. I am unfortunately not very happy with what I have been sent and feel that there are other companies, like StichFix, that are listening to the survey you complete, the notes you enter, and know the clothes they send. I do not foresee myself doing another box with Prime Wardrobe but I will still purchase selective one-off clothing items from Amazon!

And on a complete side note…I need a vacation and some sun! Sheesh.

So inquiring minds want to know… Do you have a Prime Wardrobe subscription? Do you have any clothing subscriptions? What is your favorite clothing line?

Managing Funds for October

With it being the first weekend in October, the tingling sensation to go out and buy everything pumpkin, boots, flannel, and anything fall is literally gnawing at me. It is taking every ounce of my will to not go to HomeGoods or Kirkland’s (or Michael’s thinking yeah, I totally can craft…). I love fall and everything that comes with it, especially being outdoors or bringing the outside in! I love to decorate and I love to warm up the home with scents and flavors of fall. There is something about roasting acorn squash or baking maple cookies during this time of the year…

But alas, with this time of the year comes the mental recollection that the holiday season is literally around the corner. There are 90 days left of the year (okay, less than that but I didn’t want to officially panic) and for my family, the holidays also mean birthday season (my husband, my father, then me…)! So I cannot overindulge despite my inner Martha Stewart wannabe.

So I am taking some time to make some budgeting plans, which will be a challenge with a couple of travel opportunities coming up. But I need to make sure that I have all my affairs in order so I am making some drastic changes!

As you may know from earlier posts, my husband and I are saving a LOT of money by cooking exciting new meals at home during the week (and cooking them together is a great way to spend time together AND cut down on the time it takes). Sunbasket has been great and with their organic menu, we are eating cleaner and healthier while saving money — now THAT is a win-win. If you are interested in getting a box of your own and saving $40, I do have an affiliate code you can use: click here.


So with groceries off the list, there are a few other items we have to account for, like bills and yes, some fun even for an introvert like myself! So here is the plan for October:

I get paid bi-weekly and get my paycheck a day early thanks to my wonderful bank. I get those funds deposited into a checking account. So I am allocating my take-home into four expense categories:
Standard
Frivolous
Savings
Miscellaneous/emergencies

Let’s start with the “Savings” expenses:
I immediately, and automatically, pay myself in terms of a savings account. I consider ‘savings’ as a bill so without thinking, I set an auto-transfer and don’t touch that account. It is associated with my checking and is a fail-safe in case of a rainy day but otherwise, I don’t acknowledge that account at all. So ~10% of my pay, every paycheck, goes here.

Then I look at “Standard” expenses:
This is the bulk of my expenses as I strive for a debt-free lifestyle (with the exclusion of my student loans because, well, education isn’t free).
So in this bucket are expenses like rent, credit cards, utilities, and car payments. This is ~60% of the month’s income.

“Frivolous” expenses:
Withdraw $100. That is my spending limit for anything frivolous outside staple items like medication or groceries. So if I want to go out at lunch or want to go to the movies – that’s all I have for the whole month. ~2.5% of the month goes here.

Miscellaneous expenses or emergencies:
Use my debit card and spend less than 10% for the month. This is for those desperate food cravings or emergency items that we didn’t have in the house. When we can, we go to our local farmers’ market for those one-off items like zucchini for bread or peaches for dessert. “Miscellaneous” items do not count towards frivolous purchases like clothes, makeup or unnecessary items (see how that works?).

Only allowing myself $100 cash means I will not need to go into my wallet to grab a card OR allow me to spend any additional money. Credit cards should not see any daylight with the exception of our rental car or hotel (this is a preplanned trip). And if I don’t have the money, there is no way to spend it -so I have to spend wisely! I also have gift cards that I can and need to use so those will come in handy.

So inquiring minds want to know… What are you doing to prepare for the holidays? How do you budget? Who is ready to join me!?

12 Ways to Cope with a Migraine

When you look up the word “migraine” in a medical textbook, my photo appears…along with almost every symptom that I experience from light sensitivity to nausea.

Though I have been told many times by family, friends, and even licensed professionals that I am “too young” or “too healthy” or “too naive” to be a migraine-sufferer, I have had migraines almost all my life. I am all too familiar with the difference between headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus pressure, and migraines. I have been plugged to machines that have mapped my brain and been told that there was nothing wrong. I have been given anti-seizure medication, migraine pills, and other pharmaceutical remedies to treat what they still put on file as “headaches”. I was told to log when I got a migraine to see what the trigger was and was always thought to be dishonest because no pattern could be determined. I have done home remedies, omitted foods and drinks that “aggravate migraines” and taken countless OTC remedies all to no avail.

This is just a part of my life that I have learned to deal with and though it does cause issues on day to day living, I have a few tricks that help ease some of the pain. Nothing has been 100% fool-proof and I still continue to get migraines, but these are some methods that help me cope.

  1. Acknowledge the pain. There were a few years that I would try and ignore the warning symptoms that a migraine was developing. I did not want to admit that I had to deal with this and most likely the remainder of the day would be shot. However, just denying the pain would not make it go away. I had to accept it and come up with ways to deal with it.
  2. Cool showers. When it is too hot or after extraneous exercise, I am more inclined to get a migraine, so when I feel the beginnings of one, I take a cool shower to help regulate my body temperature and ironically clear my head.
  3. Turn off electronics. Blue light has been increasingly known to hurt our eyes which is also a contributing factor to the onset of migraines. Blue light is emitted from many of our favorite electronic devices from our computer monitors to our cell phones. When my migraine is creeping in, my cell phone is put away, the laptop is closed, and my tablet is shut.
    To help prevent the blue light from causing a migraine in the first place, especially since 8+ hours of my day is spent in front of a computer screen, I wear orange tinted or anti-blue light glasses (which can be bought on Amazon for about $12.99).
  4. Block out light. I use an eye mask to help me block out any ambient light that may irritate my eyes beyond a computer screen. My favorite is one that I also leave in the refrigerator so it helps with the puffiness and blood flow that usually cause my temples to look like they are speakers in a Jersey shore club. I bought mine on Amazon for about $10 (click here) at the time.
  5. Stay cool. My body temperature fluctuates tremendously when a migraine sets in and I can go from boiling hot to freezing cold. However when a full blown migraine hits, I force myself to lay down with a light blanket and the ceiling fan on. This constant flow of air helps the pressure and prevents me from sweating!
  6. Medicine. Yes, there are times where my migraines are too strong and homeopathic methods are simply inadequate. While I do not like to take medication regularly, I also realize that this was all developed for a reason and suffering will only make matters worse. So I will take Excedrin Migraine or other ibuprofen options to help at least take the edge off.
  7. Eat or drink yogurt. Another way I help regulate my internal body temperature as well as help calm an irritable stomach is through the consumption of yogurt. A quick bowl of yogurt is one way or I drink “tahn”. “Tahn” is an Armenian drink  which is simply yogurt mixed with water and some salt -trust me it tastes better than it sounds. Other Middle Eastern countries have their own name and variation for this drink like “ayran” in Turkey, “lassi” or “majjiga” in India, “kefir” or “doogh” in Persian. If I cannot have either, I will at least consume some acidophilus which will help calm my stomach.
  8. Find quiet. Like light, sounds tend to make my migraines worse so when one is developing, or already full-blown, I will make sure that I find some solitude even if that means using ear plugs.
  9. Hydrate. I am not able to eat or drink much of anything when I have a migraine because even toast makes me nauseous. However, dehydration makes my migraines even worse so I will start off with sipping cold water and then make my way to a coffee or tea for the added caffeine. Caffeine, though a dehydrating chemical, helps dilate my blood vessels making it easier for blood to pump. I limit this to one cup though and will continue to drink water until my migraine has subsided.
  10. Steer clear of fragrances. So again, like light and sound, strong smells make the migraine worse and will often make me extremely nauseous. This includes scents that linger from the kitchen. When I get a migraine, I am like a bloodhound and the simpliest smell can make me neasous.
  11. Eat minimally and light. Once the worst of the migraine has passed, I know that I need to eat something. I tend to opt for some toast, cereal, or, if I am feeling lucky, chicken/turkey. I will not, however, eat anything raw (like veggies), dairy, or any other meat until the next day as all of those are harder for me to digest and can aggravate my migraine.
  12. Take it easy. After a migraine subsides, I want to make up for lost time and act like everything is fine. But I have come to learn that doing that will only make things worse. Once I start to feel better, I have to take it easy, often for the remainder of the day, because I feel fatigued and overall weak. Trying to do more than my body will allow will only make me feel worse and often will mean that I will be stuck in bed till the next day.

Headaches suck. Migraines are deplorable. But when you have them, finding your tried and true ways to cope will help. I am also very fortunate to have people in my life that have either experienced migraines themselves or been around other people that have had them, so they truly understand and help me when needed.

So inquiring minds want to know…do you suffer from migraines? What do you do to deal with them?

Movetober Challenge

The weather has shifted officially. October is here and we are in the home stretch of 2019. I officially am consuming PSL everything.

So with the holidays quickly approaching, I want to kick myself into high gear and prepare for the inevitable, and absolutely never avoidable (no matter how hard you try), holiday feasting and festivities! So with that being said, starting October 1st, I am starting my own fitness challenge!

Some of you may recall my weight loss from the past year and how I ballooned at 200 pounds after some major challenging life milestones. I was not eating healthy. I had stopped taking care of myself. I then had compounded health issues which kept making matters worse. I was getting depressed. I didn’t want to interact with friends or family. I wanted to burrow my sorrows in junk and then cry about how I viciously kept doing that. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I hated myself.
That is why I harbor so much on getting healthy, being healthy, and that this is a journey and not a race!

So for the month of October, I am renaming it to Movetober and initiating a challenge – GET MOVING! My goal is to hit the minimum of the items on my calendar below. Every week I will do a Sunday check-in starting with the 6th and share results, obstacles, and wins!

If you want to join me, print the workout calendar above, follow me on Instagram, and comment below! I cannot wait to share results with you and make Movetober a success!

So inquiring minds want to know… Have you ever participated in a fitness challenge before? What areas do you want to work on – lose weight, gain muscle, maintain?